A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020. Included on display were some vehicles from the Steven Spielberg film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

This Cricket vehicle removes David, played by Haley Joel Osment, from his family and delivers him to the woods, where unwanted mechas (robots) are taken.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

While in the woods, David begins his quest to become a real boy.  He and a group of stray mechas are captured by Lord Johnson-Johnson and his biker hounds, who aim to destroy them.  Here is one of the bikes seen in the film.

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Late in the film, this police amphibocopter carries David through Manhattan, which has been submerged underwater, as he nears the end of his journey to try to become a real boy.

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Here is a closer look inside the amphibocopter.

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Role Models (2008)

The 2008 comedy “Role Models,” starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, was filmed around Southern California.  The Minotaur energy drink headquarters can be found in Santa Monica.

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LOCATION: 2800 Donald Douglas Loop N, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Danny and Wheeler, played by Rudd and Scott respectively, go to El Segundo High School in an attempt to sell Minotaur drinks.  The same high school has been featured in many films, including “WarGames,” “Superbad” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Danny argues with a coffee shop barista at this Pasadena establishment.  The building is located just across the street from the South Pasadena Public Library, which was seen in the Rob Zombie remake of “Halloween.”

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LOCATION: 1019 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Danny and Wheeler also visit the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.  This same school was seen in the films “License to Drive” and “Accepted,” as well as the TV shows “Malcolm in the Middle” and “7th Heaven.”

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LOCATION: 4525 Irvine Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Danny talks King Argotron into allowing Augie back into a role playing party at The Burger Hole.  This scene was filmed in South Pasadena.

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LOCATION: 601 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Ronnie locks Wheeler out of the vehicle at Ed’s Mini Mart.

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LOCATION: 825 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Augie’s house can be found in Venice.  A small fence has since been built around the property.

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LOCATION: 822 Valita St, Venice, CA 90291

The Sturdy Wings Center can also be found in Venice.

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LOCATION: 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Danny’s house can be found in Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 1169 Hi Point St, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (2003)

The 2003 sequel “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” much like the first two films, was shot mostly around Los Angeles, California.  Early in the film, the advanced T-X, played by Kristanna Loken, is sent from the future, where she arrives nude in the middle of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.  She walks past this shop.

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LOCATION: 238 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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The T-X passes a famous shopping center known as Two Rodeo, where she steals a car.

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LOCATION: Intersection of Dayton Way / N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The T-X gets pulled over while supposedly still in Beverly Hills.  In reality, this scene was filmed over in Culver City.

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LOCATION: Intersection of Washington Blvd / Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (in front of 9600 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)

Arnold Scharzenegger returns as the iconic Terminator.  In a riff of the second film in the series, he once again arrives at a roadside bar and searches for clothes.  The exterior shots were filmed at this location in Agua Dulce, which is used exclusively for filming purposes.  The interiors were shot at the Cowboy Palace Saloon in Chatsworth (21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311).

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LOCATION: 13800 Sierra Hwy, Agua Dulce, CA 91390

The T-X works her way through a hit list of victims, arriving at the drive thru of this burger restaurant near the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The same location also appeared in the Matthew McConaughey film “The Lincoln Lawyer.”

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LOCATION: 1901 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

The mausoleum housing the grave of Sara Conner was filmed at the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.  The property is quite large and the exact spot can be difficult to find.  The easiest solution is to search for the Whittier Heights Mausoleum.  GPS may attempt to have you enter through Sycamore Canyon Rd from Workman Mill Rd at Gate 14.  That entrance may or may not be open.  Instead, you’ll likely need to enter just down the road through Gate 17, which has a guard post.  A guard will approach and ask your purposes for visiting.  Once inside, you can navigate to the mausoleum.  The exact GPS coordinates are 34.007627, -118.053266.

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LOCATION:  Whittier Heights Mausoleum, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601 (GPS coordinates: 34.007627, -118.053266)

Related articles: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Jawbreaker (1999)

In the opening scene of the 1999 comedy “Jawbreaker,” Courtney, played by Rose McGowan, along with Julie (rebecca Gayheart) and Marcie (Julie Benz) visit the home of Liz Purr, played by Charlotte Ayanna.  Liz’s house can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.  Unfortunately, since filming ended, quite a few trees and shrubs have been planted and almost completely obscure all visibility of the home.

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LOCATION: 555 S Muirfield Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The car park where Liz is taken was filmed at the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey.  The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “Short Cuts,” “License To Drive,” “The Game,” “One Hour Photo” and many more.  In 2007, the building was unfortunately demolished.  However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials.  So what stands now closely resembles the original location.

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LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Knight Rider

In the original “Knight Rider” TV series, running from 1982 – 1986, Michael Knight, played by David Hasselhoff, famously drives the Knight Industries Two Thousand, known as K.I.T.T. for short.  K.I.T.T. was an artificially intelligent, fully autonomous vehicle equipped with a hydrogen-powered turbojet engine, advanced construction and a variety of custom tools and weapons.

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LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The vehicle chosen to portray K.I.T.T. was a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  This particular vehicle was used in the pilot of the TV series.  It could be seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

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Bright (2017)

The 2017 film “Bright,” starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, was filmed in Los Angeles, California.  Here is the house where Daryl Ward, played by Will Smith, lives.

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LOCATION: 4501 9th Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Chinatown (1974)

The 1974 Roman Polanski film “Chinatown,” starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is about a private investigator uncovering corruption in the Los Angeles water system.  The production naturally took place around Los Angeles.

The dry river bed where Jake Gittes, played by Nicholson, follows Hollis can be found on Foothill Blvd in Sunland-Tujunga, near the intersection of Foothill Blvd / W Conover St.  The Foothill Blvd Bridge overlooks the Tujunga Wash, where the scene was filmed.  This area falls in a strange intersection of city jurisdictions, where maps call it anything from Sunland-Tujunga to Sylmar, or Lave View Terrace to Los Angeles.  We’ve provided the exact GPS coordinates below for clarity.

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LOCATION: Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91342 (GPS coordinates: 34.272220, -118.338135, nearest address 9666 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342)

Jake pretends to photograph his associate on Echo Park Lake in Echo Park, while he actually photographs Hollis and Katherine.  The park had become run down for years, but has since been revitalized and you can even take paddle boats out on the lake.

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LOCATION: Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The mansion of Evelyn Mulwray, played by Faye Dunaway, can be found in Pasadena.  Trees in front of the property unfortunately obscure most of the view.

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LOCATION: 1315 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

They alleyway where Evelyn is parked can be found in Downtown Los Angeles.  It’s an alley for private guests to enter the famous Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  This side is facing S Olive St.  The lower portion to the left can be seen in the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born” and the reverse view from S Grand Ave can be seen in the film “Seven.”  There is a gate here blocking entrance into the alley, so it’s a bit tricky getting a photo.

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LOCATION: Alley between 523 / 525 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

Jake visits Noah Cross in Catalina Island.  Catalina Island is most synonymous with the film “Step Brothers” and the “Catalina Wine Mixer,” but no actual filming took place on the island for that film.  Unlike “Step Brothers,” “Chinatown” really did shoot scenes on the island, located just under 30 miles off the coast of Long Beach, California.  The Casino Ballroom building can be seen in the background.  For eager visitors, no actual gambling is offered at the Casino Ballrom, in spite of the name.

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LOCATION: 1 Casino Way, Avalon, CA 90704

The Mar Vista Rest Home Jake and Evelyn visit is actually the Archer School For Girls, located on Sunset Blvd.

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LOCATION: 11725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Evelyn’s sister Katherine lives at this home, which was later used in the film “Blast From The Past.”

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LOCATION: 1972 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Jake visits the home of Ida Sessions, only to discover a body.

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LOCATION: 848 E Kensington Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Jake’s client Curly lives in this East Hollywood home.

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LOCATION: 5030 Lemon Grove Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

WarGames (1983)

The house where David, played by Matthew Broderick, lives in the 1980s film “WarGames” can be found in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 333 S Arden Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

The high school seen in the film is El Segundo High Shool.  The same high school has been seen in many films, including “Superbad,” “Role Models” and “The Babysitter.”

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LOCATION: 640 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

The 2012 Martin McDonagh ensemble film “Seven Psychopaths” was filmed around Southern California.  The opening scenes were filmed at the Mullholland Dam in Hollywood.  The dam is accessible to the public, however, it does require a minor walk to reach it.  You have to drive up Weidlake Drive and the nearest parking is at the Hollywood Reservoir Trailhead.  From there it’s just a short distance on foot.

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LOCATION: Mulholland Dam, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (nearest parking area is the Hollywood Reservoir Trailhead at 6381-6399 Weidlake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068)

Billy, played by Sam Rockwell, lives at this house perched on a hillside in Angelino Heights in East L.A.  The same house was seen in the Kirsten Dunst film “Crazy/Beautiful” and located just around the corner from Jake Gyllenhaal’s apartment in the film “Nightcrawler.”  The home has unfortunately since been demolished.

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LOCATION: 1016 White Knoll Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (now demolished)

Billy runs an operation stealing dogs for reward money at the La Brea Tar Pits.

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LOCATION: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

He stands here overlooking operations with a pair of binoculars.

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Marty, played by Colin Farrell, visits this market in Pearblossom, California.

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LOCATION: 13012 Pearblossom Hwy, Pearblossom, CA 93553

He exits here with Hans, played by Christopher Walken, where the two spot a newspaper.

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